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Missouri University Board Member Resigns Over 'Fag Lion' Remark

Missouri Southern State University board member David Ansley has resigned following uproar (so to speak) over his characterization of the school's former mascot logo as a "fag lion," the Joplin Globe reports:

Missouri "During Saturday’s retreat, MSSU Athletic Director Jared Bruggeman was discussing changes the athletics department has made to give a more consistent appearance, including revamping the school’s lion logo before the start of the 2007-08 school year. Ansley voiced his approval for the change during the meeting by saying, 'We went from the f-- lion to the ferocious lion.' Board Chairman Rod Anderson immediately looked at reporters who were covering the retreat meeting at the university and said, 'That’s off the record.'"

Ansley resigned Monday, following the formation of a Facebook group calling for him to quit:

"In a written statement Monday, Ansley apologized to students, faculty, staff and administrators for any offense, and expressed remorse for his actions. 'I have always thought of myself as a tolerant man,' he wrote. 'Yet the fact that I spontaneously made the comment has caused me pause. Personally, I am conducting introspection. My goal is to examine my own prejudices with the hope of renewed tolerance. I hope to be a better person because of all this.' A faculty adviser for a student group advocating equal rights on campus said Ansley’s resignation will not make the issue of sexual orientation discrimination disappear."

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  1. His apology sounds pretty sincere, at least.

    Posted by: Blake | Feb 23, 2010 1:45:58 PM

  2. Well, that lion does look a little faggy. Take out those teeth, and it looks like, well, he's got porn face.

    Posted by: Ted | Feb 23, 2010 1:49:57 PM

  3. Ditto Blake. Now *this* is what a sincere apology sounds like. Those with foot-in-mouth disease, take note.

    Posted by: Feral | Feb 23, 2010 1:53:08 PM

  4. Actually, I think the lion above is the new logo. The former version is here:

    Posted by: Tom | Feb 23, 2010 2:16:54 PM

  5. Yeah, he said he was wrong, that he will examine himself, and that he will change his behavior to the best of his ability.

    It sounds if if he ain't sorry simply because he got caught.

    Apology accepted.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Feb 23, 2010 2:20:45 PM

  6. Wouldn't the LGBT faculty, staff and students of Missouri Southern State University been better served by having a man who's recently had his eyes opened to the casual homophobia rampant in our society remain on the board?

    His resignation sends a terrible message, that not only no mistakes of political correctness will be tolerated, but that no growth from unenlightened to enlightened on these issues will be recognized. If you aren't linguistically pure from the day you show up on the public front, you'll be booted.

    Oh, and the faculty staff and students of Missouri Southern State University would be better served by a less cumbersome school name, as well.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Feb 23, 2010 2:22:44 PM

  7. There seems to be a mistake in the image you used. The real logo is here:

    Posted by: Ray | Feb 23, 2010 2:23:07 PM

  8. I'm not sure why he had to resign over a comment about a logo. He sincerely apologized. They should accept his apology and move on.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Feb 23, 2010 2:32:55 PM

  9. No. Totally unacceptable apology. If he were sincere, he'd commit suicide after expressing that it was meant to atone for his homophobic outburst.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 23, 2010 2:33:48 PM

  10. It is so rare and so welcome these days to hear a person make a sincere and thoughtful apology after using a homophobic slur.

    I have no doubt that Mr. Ansley is sincere and that he will take the time for introspection that he stated.

    Mr. Ansley, you are clearly a gentleman who made a grave error in judgment. Hopefully this unfortunate incident will make you a better person. Even more importantly, maybe others will take note of your humility and your journey toward betterment and will be encouraged to consider their own subtle, and not so subtle, prejudices. If that happens, this incident will be turned into a positive.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 23, 2010 2:39:27 PM

  11. Ansley is a fat cunt. Oops, forgot that we only insult female homophobes here.

    Posted by: GrabbinNewscum | Feb 23, 2010 2:45:44 PM

  12. Dunno. "I am conducting introspection" sounds a little too scripted and contrived.

    I'd like to introduce Mr. Ansley to Gareth Thomas on the field... see if a little introspection with a gay rugby player changes how he feels about using "fag" as a synonym for weak.

    Posted by: sparks | Feb 23, 2010 3:05:58 PM

  13. This is patently silly. A resignation over this?!? Talk about politically correct pressure on the guy.

    Posted by: DR | Feb 23, 2010 4:09:50 PM

  14. Quit trying to "tolerate" us, motherfucker. Pick a side.

    Posted by: yankintex | Feb 23, 2010 6:10:19 PM

  15. I think he should lose his job, not for making the comment, but for making it in front of fucking reporters. Jesus what a tard.

    And that is a pretty faggy lion, I have to admit.

    Posted by: Scott | Feb 23, 2010 6:30:34 PM

  16. Really, genuinely offensive statement, followed by a thoughtful, genuine apology.

    I'm not impressed with the chair saying Ansley's statement was "off the record." No dice. MSSU is a public university and needs to be transparent.

    Posted by: Daily | Feb 23, 2010 8:02:17 PM

  17. To see the old logo, you can see it at "LogoShak" here:
    or on a blog here:

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 23, 2010 10:47:25 PM

  18. He should have resigned what a fuckng scumbag.

    Posted by: chad | Feb 23, 2010 11:46:44 PM

  19. interesting stuff hope it works.

    Posted by: Noto | Feb 26, 2010 6:02:00 AM

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